GED Classes Altoona, Pennsylvania

Listed here are all GED and HiSET prep sites and testing centers in the Altoona region. Pennsylvania uses the computer-formatted GED exam for High School Equivalency testing.

The state additionally welcomed the HiSET for this purpose, which is available on a computer and on paper.


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The GED® and HiSET® exams are available online and at state-approved test centers.

The exams give adults who didn’t finish high school the opportunity to earn an equivalent credential.

Both exams measure an applicant’s knowledge and skills at a level that compares to that of graduating high school seniors.

The GED has four separate, independent tests measuring a student’s proficiency in these subject fields:

  • Math
  • Science
  • English Language
  • Social Studies

These subject tests can be taken one test at a time. There’s no requirement to write the entire GED battery in one take.

The HiSET has individual writing and reading tests (so five in total) that can be taken separately as well.

It used to be that online High School Equivalency (HSE) testing was not an option, but this has changed now with the arrival of both online GED and HiSET options. Check below for more information.

For more details about the Pennsylvania GED test, such as qualification criteria, passing scores, or testing fees, go to “The Pennsylvania GED Exam.”

Altoona GED Prep Classes

AASD Adult Education Program (@The ArtsAltoona Center)
2212 6th Ave – 2nd Floor – Altoona – PA 16602 – Ph 814.329.0255/0261

Altoona Area Public Library Adult Literacy & Education
1600 5th Ave – Altoona – PA 16602 – Ph 814.946.0417

Center for Community Action-Altoona (HiSET)
1010 12th St – Suite 2 – Altoona – PA 16601 – Ph 814.201.2285

PA CareerLink of Blair County (Referral and Advice Only)
1600 5th Ave – Ste 200 – Altoona – PA 16602 – Ph 814.940.6200

Locations around Altoona (Cities by Alphabet)

PA CareerLink-Bedford County (Referral Only)
1 Corporate Dr – Ste 103 – Bedford – PA 15522 – Ph 814.623.6107

Bedford County Jail GED Program
Imlertown Rd – Bedford – PA 15522 – Ph 814.623.2955
Not open to the public

Center for Community Action-Ebensburg
3133 New Germany Rd – Suite 64 – Ebensburg – PA 15931 – Ph 814.846.5130

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Cambria County Prison HiSET Program
425 Manor Dr – Ebensburg – PA 15931 – Ph 814.472.7330
Not open to the public

Center for Community Action
195 Drive-In Ln – Everett – PA 15537 – Ph 814.623.9129 or 800-323-9997

Hagerstown Community College GED Instruction
11400 Robinwood Dr – Hagerstown – Maryland 21742 – Ph 240-500-2313
All Hagerstown area locations are listed here: Hagerstown Area GED Classes

Blair County Prison GED Program
419 Market Square Aly – Hollidaysburg – PA 16648 – Ph 814-693-3155
No public availability

Center for Community Action-Huntingdon
510 Washington St – Huntingdon – PA 16652 – Ph 814.643.4202

CareerLink of Huntingdon County
54 Pennsylvania Ave – Huntingdon – PA 16652 – Ph 814.641.6408

SCI Smithfield GED Program
1100 Pike St – Huntingdon – PA 16654 – Ph 814.643.6520
Not open to the public

Pennsylvania Highlands Comm. Coll. GED Prep Course
101 Comm. College Way – Johnstown – PA 15904 – Ph 814.262.6451
For all Johnstown area GED prep facilities, <- check this page

Employment and Training, Inc. of Fulton County
122 W Market St – McConnellsburg – PA 17233 – Ph 814.485.5131

Center for Community Action-McConnellsburg
216 N Second St – Suite D – McConnellsburg – PA 17233 – Ph 717.325.4380

Huntingdon County Child and Adult Development Corporation
402 N Jefferson St – Suite B – Mount Union – PA 17966 – Ph 814-542-4070

Southern Huntingdon Area Library
554 Cromwell St – Orbisonia – PA 17243 – Ph 814-329-0255/0261 (Altoona Adult Education)

Community Action-Career Development Project
200 E Mahoning St – Punxsutawney – PA 15767 – Ph 814.226.4785/938.5866

Community Action-Career Development Project
105 Grace Way – Punxsutawney – PA 15767 – Ph 814.938-3302

Adult Education Center State College
411 S Fraser Street – Room 119 – State College – Pennsylvania 16801 – Ph 814.235.5582
For all GED prep locations, go to State College Area GED Classes

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Altoona Area GED Test Locations

Altoona Area School District GED Test Center (@Altoona Area Junior High)
1400 7th. Avenue – Altoona – Pennsylvania 16602 – Ph 814.946.8332

Arts Altoona Center (Altoona Area School District, HiSET)
2212 6th. Avenue – Altoona – Pennsylvania 16602 – Ph 814.329.0253

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ARIN IU 28 Center for Education (HiSET)
300 Indian Springs Road – Indiana – Pennsylvania 15701 – Ph 724.463.5300

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College-Richland Campus (GED)
101 Community College Way – Johnstown – Pennsylvania 15904 – Ph 814.262.3815

PA CareerLink Mifflin County (GED, Tuscarora IU #11, MCIDC Pl, Bldg 58)
6395 PA 103 N. – Lewistown – Pennsylvania 17044 – Ph 717.248.4942

Saint Francis University (GED Testing Center, Scotus Hall, Room 317)
110 Franciscan Way – Loretto – Pennsylvania 15940 – Ph 814.472.3287

HCCTC-Fulton Co. HiSET Testing Center
122 W. Market Street – McConnellsburg – Pennsylvania 17233 – Ph 717.485.5131 or 717.643.0951

Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center (HiSET)
11893 Technology Drive – Mill Creek – Pennsylvania 17060 – Ph 814.643.0951

Somerset Co. Technology Center GED testing
281 Technology Drive – Somerset – Pennsylvania 15501 – Ph 814.443.3651

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Introducing Online GED & HiSET Tests

Pennsylvania will award the state’s Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) to applicants who take the GED or HiSET exam successfully. Both the GED and HiSET had to be taken personally at one of the state’s official testing centers. However, that’s now changed with the introduction of online proctored (OP) GED and HiSET assessments.

If you want to learn more about the online HiSET exam (the HiSET-At-Home test), check out this post: ‘The online HiSET test,’ and for more detailed information regarding the online proctored (O.P.) GED test, check out this page: ‘The online proctored GED test.’

AASD Adult Education

Through the years, the Altoona Area School District (AASD) has helped numerous adults achieve their career and/or educational goals. The AASD’s Community Education Center was set up in 1969, and for more than 50 years, the Center has offered adult education programs and opportunities to the residents of Blair County.

The education programs serve adult learners through funds provided by Pennsylvania’s Department of Education. AASD’s programs and free education classes provide great support for adult learners looking to enhance their adult basic education (ABE) skills, earn a GED, and prepare for post-secondary education in college or university.

AASD’s Adult Education programs are available at The ArtsAltoona Center (2212 6th Ave, Altoona). All study materials and education programs are offered to the students at no charge whatsoever.

Participants in the Adult Education Program will develop their employment skills, improve their math, writing, and reading skills, work toward their GED, get ready for post-secondary education in college or university, and get started on a rewarding career path.

GED Age Requirements

Pennsylvania requires testers to be 16 years old or older. Candidates 16 or 17 are required to submit an Age Waiver from Pennsylvania’s Department of Education. Candidates must additionally submit an official request from a college admissions office, employer, director of an institution, or military recruiting office stating that the applicant requires a GED.

In Pennsylvania, GED hopefuls are required to be state residents. Upon taking (one of the) four GED modular exams at a test center, applicants must indicate state residency with a current driver’s license or some other proof of state residency.

In Pennsylvania, there’s no formal requirement for GED testers first to follow a preparatory program, but becoming well-prepared is the key to success on the very challenging GED exam.

There are hardly any students who would be able to pass the HiSET or modules without any form of preparation. Applicants are also not required first to reach sufficient scores on the official GED practice assessment, the GED Ready® test, except when taking the exam online.

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Last Updated on December 20, 2023.